Celebrate Stars & Stripes: Fourth of July Festivities for Families

the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular on 4th of July at Hatch Shell
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Do your Fourth of July festivities center around a backyard BBQ and kids’ crafts at your place? Or are you more about spending the day waiting to see Boston’s most epic fireworks display over the Harbor? Either way, we think this year’s Independence Day celebration is going to be a blast, especially since so many Boston favorites are back this year. So grab the kids and your best red, white and blue accessories, then head out to find our favorite fireworks displays, parades, historical reenactments and more. Here’s where Boston families can celebrate July 4th in 2022!

Boston’s Best 4th of July Celebrations

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Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular
Boston's main event returns for the first time since 2019! Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops will be at the Esplanade performing their acclaimed Fireworks Spectacular that includes the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and the Middlesex County Volunteers Fifes & Drums. The program will be live from the stage of the Hatch Memorial Shell on the Charles River Esplanade Shed, and will be broadcast locally on Channel 7.

Date: Jul. 4,
Time: 8-11 p.m.
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Boston Harborfest
Boston Harborfest, the decades-old tradition celebrating Boston’s harbor and history, makes it 2022 debut with exciting activities at Boston’s best landmarks. This family-friendly event is one of the country’s largest Fourth of July festivals, and local families can enjoy the opening ceremony in Downtown Crossing, historical reenactments, Freedom Trail walks, boat tours, live entertainment and much more.

Good to know: The Harborfest Fireworks display is scheduled for July 2, 2022. Be sure to catch the family-friendly pre-fireworks concert at Christopher Columbus Park first.

Dates: Jul. 1-4, 2022
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246th Independence Day Celebration
City Hall Plaza is the starting point of this short parade that passes by the Granary Burial Ground, where wreaths will be laid on the graves of patriots. The parade continues through Downtown Crossing past other historical spots before the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company reads the Declaration of Independence.

Date: Jul. 4, 2022
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Independence Day Parades & Festivals Beyond Boston

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Plymouth's 4th of July Celebration
If a fun run, parade, food trucks, concerts and fireworks are the way you want to celebrate the 4th, head to Plymouth to enjoy the festivities. The 5K starts bright and early and is followed by a fun-filled parade. Round out your trip south with live music and food trucks before fireworks light up the sky over the harbor at dusk.

Date: Jul. 4, 2022
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Fireworks at Polar Park
Take the kids out to a ballgame with a side of fireworks after the last pitch flies at Polar Park. Home of Boston's minor league team, the WooSox, Polar Park will be hosting patriotic-themed fireworks for fans to enjoy from the stands when the WooSox take on the Scranton Railriders.

Date: Jul. 4, 2022
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Lexington Lions’ 4th of July Carnival
The carnival is in town and families will be able to enjoy rides, games, food and fun at this annual event starting June 30 through July 4. Fireworks are scheduled for July 1 at 9:30 p.m., and families will also catch youth games on July 4 at 10 a.m.

Dates: Jun. 30-Jul. 4, 2022
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Coca Cola July 4th Fest
Plan your fireworks extravaganza with a side of thrilling rides and Hurricane Ridge waterpark adventures. Take the kids to Six Flags New England for a sun-up to sun-down celebration every day. In addition to ticket discounts and rides for kids of all ages, families can watch a stunning fireworks display at 9:15 p.m.

Dates: Jul. 2-4, 2022
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Amesbury Days
This year marks the 123rd Amesbury Days. It’s a chance to get together for fun and exciting community events and launch the summer of 2022. Beginning June 23rd, there will be lots to do including a block party, Pride celebration, live music, a Kids Night on June 28 and more. But the most wow-worthy of them all has gotta be the 4th of July fireworks display.

Dates: Jun. 23-Jul. 4, 2022
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Hampton Beach Special 4th of July Fireworks
Leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind when you take to the shores of New Hampshire for a beach day followed by a fireworks display. Bring your sand toys and picnic basket! Dress the kids in the jammies just in time for the spectacular main event. We think they’ll be sound asleep before you get to the Massachusetts border after this exciting day.

Date: Jul. 4, 2022
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